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The Monastery of Panagia Livadiotissa (Ζoodochou Pigis) is of the 17th century and is situated in the lower part of the area east of Skopelos town. There are no monks or nuns living there now but it is considered a very important church. Every year there is a church celebration where many people carry an icon of the family around the village. The ceremony starts in Panagia Livadiotissa.

Sofia has been an inhabitant of Skopelos for many years and one of her many talents is restoring houses, walls, buildings in general. She restores and up-cycles many things. This way the island and the village of Skopelos, where she lives, remains authentic and beautiful. Sofia also takes visitors around Skopelos and informs them about the herbs, plants, history, way of life, culture and nature of Skopelos. Sofia has her own blog. http://www.skopelos39steps.com/home/4557264669

Sofia likes to take on projects. She always looks for ways to restore and improve. It all started when helping out a friend she discovered an old archway. Here is what she says:” It all started with my intention to raise funds to replace a rickety old gate at the Livadiotissa monastery. That gate has now been replaced with a new one, made of the recycled metal from the old one fitted to new side posts.The funds for this gate were raised by voluntary donations from participants in free walks and forage sessions to gather herbs and other plants abundant on the island.

Such was the success of this project, it has been possible to use the surplus funds to plan the restoration of the beautiful, but crumbling stone archway at the forecourt of the monastery’s main entrance. Already, Manthos the stone mason has completed the archway restoration

and it is now the turn of Andonis, the blacksmith, to show his skill in re-fashioning a foraged cast iron bar gate for the beautiful archway.

Contributors to the fundraising included holidaying visitors to the island from far away countries, Greeks from the mainland and members of the Skopelos community (Greeks and ex-pats alike). I thank all those involved for the success of this restoration project which all of us can now enjoy in this beautiful, prime location.


Thank you Sofia !


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Once upon a time

Going to school on an island can be difficult. Fortunately on this island there are enough children that live here so schools were built and the children can visit all types of schools. On Skopelos we have kindergarten schools , preschools, elementary schools and high schools. After the education here the students have to leave the island to go to a university or another kind of higher education.

To get teachers to the island is difficult so sometimes children at the elementary school start the school year without a teacher and two classes are joined until the new teacher arrives. At the highschool certain subjects cannot be taught until the teacher turns up. You are supposed to be able to choose between two foreign languages besides English but many times only one language teacher will be available. The Greek system for getting teachers into schools is complicated. You cannot teach in your hometown or the town/village of your choice until you have gathered a certain amount of points. The further you travel the better. In the most remote places you get the most points. That does not always help because the costs for living and transportation are very high and not everybody wants to come and work and live in remote places. The results are that in some schools, in remote places, one teacher will teach all classes. Students will follow extra classes at the end of the year to catch up with what has not been taught. It is difficult for teachers and students.

Once upon a time there was a girl who lived on a small Greek island. From a very young age she liked the english language and she tried very hard to obtain the diploma’s to be able to study english in the UK. It is not an easy task to accomplish that in a country where the last seven years an economic crisis has forced many families to tell their children they cannot study what they want because there are other priorities. But this girl persevered. She did her finals and when the outcome was not what she expected she found a way to get into another exam which has given her the right to select an english university of her choice to study english. She did not give up, she followed her dream and made it happen. A girl on a small Greek island. I will think of her when I am complaining about life and how “difficult” things are…..

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-avoid work that can cause fire,
-don’t burn grass, leaves, branches and waste,
-don’t throw burning cigarettes and cigars on the roads,
-don’t use fireworks in area close to the forest

The protection of the forest is also our responsibility.

In case of fire call 199

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Eleven children, age between 17 and 19, from Skopelos have saved money for three years in order to be able to travel abroad on the annual school trip.
They will visit Praque, Vienna and Budapest in six days. Yesterday they flew to Bratislava and from there drove to Praque. They will stay there until Monday and on Tuesday they will visit Vienna and continue to Budapest where they will stay until Thursday.

The difficult economic times in Greece , made it impossible to pay all the cash for the trip out of their families pockets, and so they gathered the money with many events, raffles, dance nights, movie showings, selling of calendars and a diner. Many students stay in Greece and visit Crete or Rhodes. These students put the bar higher and aimed for a trip abroad. We congratulate Denisa, Katherina, Eirini, Eleni, Evjenia, Julia, Giorgos, Andreas, Elson, Giorgos and Sofoklis for all the work they did to make this trip possible. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

Some of the kids today, Sunday, in Praque.

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A new start


The cultural association of Skopelos will start soon with a new year of traditional dance classes, art classes and music classes.
If anybody wants to join the traditional dance and/or music classes please call Christos Tsiouris:6944 417 953 and Serafiem Kontaxis:6974 092 917. For the art classes call; Spiridoula Betsanis; 6907 594 164 and Magda Stivachtis; 6971 950 308. All welcome !

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Back at school


Everybody is back at school today. After almost three months all students found their schoolbags again or are using the new ones they bought. In the high school the students have picked up their books which is a first because for many years many school books did not arrive until later in the month. What all the schools are waiting for now are the rest of the teachers because not all of them have arrived yet. The word in the media is that by the end of the month all the places for teachers in the schools will be filled up. Let’s wait and see!

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Read the fourth line below the photo very carefully…

Read the fourth line below the photo very carefully…

We all make keyboard errors, but this was a typo so delicious that we couldn’t let it pass by without sharing, so consider it more like collegiate joshing when we report, thanks to a tip-off, that our neighbouring website Skopelitissa has uncovered startling anthropological research now underway on Skopelos. Norwegian settler Nana Kobro’s website has transposed Doctor Brian Ridout’s entomological studies into something rather more shocking. Perhaps the scrambled noun was the result of auto-spellcheck. Either way, the critter in the photo was identified as a four-line snake, a non-venomous species common in Greece.

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